Erdmann Qualifies for USATF Junior Outdoor Championships

March 13, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Freshman Tara Erdmann qualified for the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships with an impressive run of 4:39.31 in the 1500 meters on March 1, 2008 at the West Coast Challenge. The qualification will make Erdmann the first LMU runner to ever participate in the Championships. Erdmann has since improved her time to 4:33.87, doing so at the Ben Brown Invitational last Saturday in Walnut, Calif.

For Erdmann, the qualifying race was the first of her career at the 1500 meter distance. To qualify, a runner must complete the distance in 4:40.14. In addition to having equaled or bettered the qualifying time during the qualifying periods (June 20, 2007-June 15, 2008), participants must also meet a few other criteria. Only citizens of the United States who are eligible to represent the U.S. in all levels of international competition are eligible to compete in championship events. Athletes must also be at least 14 years old on the day of competition but not turn 20 years old during 2008. As a result of the latter criteria, typically college freshmen are the only collegiate runners who can qualify for the Junior Championships.

The Tucson, Ariz. native earned West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year in cross country earlier this year. Erdmann placed fifth overall in a time of 21:26 to finish second for the Lions behind senior Laura Mickelson at the WCC Championship. The Freshman of the Year award was the first of its kind under Head Coach Scott Guerrero's tutelage, and the first in LMU cross country history.

Erdmann and the Lions will return to action this Friday at the Occidental Distance Carnival at 6 p.m. in Eagle Rock, Calif.

 

 

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